When he announced the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wrote in Misericordiae Vultus, "We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord's words: Merciful like the Father." In his Gospel, the Lucan Jesus made a similar plea: "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36).
Soul Seeing: My best friend's death left me frustrated. I found what I needed from God in the music of my friend's Mass of Christian Burial.
At the Intersection: I went to a neighborhood church and was reminded why I had stopped attending church with any regularity: I don't feel empowered by the message.
We approach the sacred texts today by reminding ourselves that Jesus is the face of God made visible, the wisdom of God revealed and the One who daily challenges the quality of our discipleship.
Preview: At Mass, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, I thought of my friend, whose recurrent encephalitis left her with permanent brain damage.
Preview: Fuller Theological Seminary's Travis Research Institute recently received a research grant to study the benefits of mindfulness in improving academic and social emotional functioning in minority youths.
St. Paul, in today's reading from Galatians, summarizes for us: "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." With the urgency and detachment of the 72, we go forth daily, bearing the good news of Christ. Then, as St. Paul says, we will be "a new creation."
NCR Today: An insistence that everyone must do the same thing at all times serves no one.
Essay: Loving and caring for my granddaughter Mary resonates through me, reminding me so much of me and my relationship with God.
THE PILGRIM JOURNEY: A HISTORY OF PILGRIMAGE IN THE WESTERN WORLD
By James Harpur
Published by BlueBridge, 208 pages, $15.95